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President Aquino declares state of calamity to hasten relief, rehabilitation in typhoon-hit areas

MALACANANG, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday issued Proclamation 1186, declaring a state of national calamity in the aftermath of Typhoon Nona that hit the Visayas and Bicol regions.
President Aquino signed the proclamation on December 18, declaring a state of national calamity after Typhoon Nona (international code name: Melor) left a trail of destruction, substantial damage and deaths in the provinces of Albay, Northern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, and Sorsogon.
The declaration of the state of national calamity will hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector, the proclamation read.
It will also effectively control the prices of basic goods and commodities for the affected areas and continue the provision of basic services to affected residents.
With the issuance of the proclamation, all government agencies have been directed to implement and execute rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation works in accordance with the government’s operational plans.
All agencies have also been mandated to coordinate efforts to provide basic services and facilities to affected localities.

“Law enforcement agencies, with support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are hereby directed to undertake all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in affected areas, as may be necessary,” the President said in the proclamation.
The state of calamity will remain in force and in effect until lifted by the President.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.